{VIDEO} Cake Decorating 101 (Part 2): Tricks for How to Frost a Perfectly Smooth Cake

Today we start with the basics, by learning how to frost a perfectly smooth cake so it has a perfect surface for decorating! I've tackled the cupcake decorating on my youtube channel and since you guys were asking for some cake decorating videos, I created a whole three part series! The videos will show you how to to make a beautiful layer cake from start to finish and this is the first one to get your started so don't forget to subscribe to me channel to be the first to see the new videos!

Whether you use a box mix cake or do it all from scratch, this 3 part tutorial will help you create fun and professional looking, filled, frosted and decorated cakes right from home!  

First thing you need to do for this type of cake is make a batch of my perfect buttercream frosting. It only has a few ingredients and even if you use a box mix for the cake, the super duper simple homemade frosting will really take your cake to the next level. This is different than canned frosting you buy from the store because it holds its shape when you spread it instead of giving you a gloopy, sticky mess. I promise it is so easy to whip together and so worth it in the finished product and you can also use it for the filling by tossing in just about any ingredient to create a ton of flavor variations, from creamy coconut, to cookies & cream, whipped espresso, and more.

Here are my favorite frostings for cake decorating:


Classic Chocolate American Buttercream

A chocolate or vanilla buttercream is great to use for frosting the outside of the cake, but you can decide on any type of cake and filling you want to make. Get creative and come up with your favorite cake and filling combinations. For more inspiration, check out my filling recipes here.

Start by applying a crumb coat, which is a very thin layer of frosting over the entire cake, trapping in the crumbs and creating a smooth surface to apply the final layer of frosting over. 

It won't look pretty or perfect, but it an important part in frosting, to make sure there are no crumbs in your final layer of frosting. Pop it in the fridge to firm up before applying your final layer of frosting.

Start by piling a mound of frosting on top.

Start pushing the frosting across the top and down the sides.

Work your way from the top, down until you cover the entire cake.

Smooth out the sides at a 90 degree angle, using your spatula or a bench scraper. Then pull in the excess on top, working outward to inward around the whole top of the cake.

Smooth out the final layer of frosting using a Viva paper towel and "ironing" out the surface with your hand or a fondant smoother OR use a spatula dipped in warm water to smooth out the outside of the cake.

Smooth as ice.

Now you are ready to move on to my decorating video post, so stay tuned for the next installment next week!